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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Cayman Islands

Aggressor, Jun, 2005,

by Chris Goumas, OH, USA . Report 1750.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Puerto Vallarta, Bahamas, Jamaica, Lake Erie (OH), Lake George (NY), Monterey (CA), Panama City Beach (FL), White Star quarry (OH), Gilboa quarry (OH)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions If crew knew you were drinking they would ask that you just be a snorkler.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Really nice big camera table with places to charge batteries and dry camera. On board computer to view digital pics, and video processing for slides. Dedicated fresh water bin for cameras. Camera pro wasn't helpful for me but may have been for more experience photographers.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my second time on this boat (last time was 3.5 years ago). The food was great, the boat is nice although I kept finding flaking white paint on my clothes. Rooms are tight but clean w/tv/dvd combo. Diving made VERY easy with Nitrox or air fills without you needing to remove BC from tank.

The food was great. Nice variety, quality, and lots of it (I'm a big eater and was always satisfied). Barty was the cook and she did a wonderful job. I personally liked Savio who was the cook on my last trip and I thought Barty was much better (except Savio made a killer curry one night and we didn't get that with Barty).

The dive staff were great to get along with but didn't point out anything underwater (except for the night dives). Experienced but I would have liked some more insight into the creatures and if they could have shown us where some more interesting species were that would have been nice. They did tell us about a scorpion fish that hangs out on the back of the Tibbets wreck, but that was about it.

I wish I would have brought ear drops. If you haven't done a live aboard before, make sure you have correctly fitting booties so you don't be blisters. I had my Dramamine this time so I didn't get sick on the crossing between Grand and Little Cayman.

I had problems with Steve the photo guy as I rented a camera that didn't work (came up in middle of dive to get different camera, when I went back down it still didn't work). I'm not a photo pro but have shot underwater before. He setup the camera (once it was working) and all my shots were way too dark, I think the flash was out of sync with the camera because some shots I took without the flash looked like those with the flash. He blamed me saying I was expecting perfection on each picture...give me a break. He did make sure I had a working camera for 4 dives though.

I would do another Aggressor in a heart beat. Easiest diving you can do.
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